Secret Sauce

What is the secret sauce to longevity?

Attending a funeral yesterday and listening to the family speak of the 98 year old's vigour, zest for life and his innate connection with nature, it made me reflect on my own mortality and the legacy that I would too, will one day leave behind.

What is it that enables some to live a long fruitful life and others burden with disease and a life cut short? On the back of last weeks Journal, Longevity, this week I have presented some reflective questions for you to ponder.

There are certainly some factors we can control, (diet, exercise and lifestyle choices) whilst we have this knowledge, our society is heading down a slippery slope of health. WHY?

In 2017, The Australian Bureau of Statistics, found of all deaths in Australia, 27% were attributed to circulatory system diseases; heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease.

Heart disease is associated with lifestyle risk factors such as; smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being inactive, being overweight, an unhealthy diet and depression.

Our lifestyle choices are one the major factors that we can prompt change. Often we have the knowledge why we should make a change, the risks we take with indulgent behaviors, lifestyles choices and diet, however can become overwhelmed with HOW to initiate the change. Often this is the reason people become stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle.

There is more research, more education and more knowledge shared on health and well-being than ever before, however knowledge without action is futile.

So HOW do we convert knowledge into action?

Find your WHY -What is your motivation for change? WHY do you want to make this change?

Why is it important to you? What will happen if you don’t make this change? What are the consequences? Pro's & Con's?